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We award $52 million in grants in 2018
By Chris Barnett / February 19, 2019
Many of the grants aligned with our three strategic priorities: educational success, healthy lives and economic security. Through these, we invest in organizations and programs that strive for long-term solutions to significant community issues.

Professional advisors working
By Jim Sanzi / December 11, 2018
Recently, at our annual Professional Advisor Appreciation Breakfast, we invited our PAC partners to engage in a community conversation Together RI style.

Welcoming our new partners in philanthropy
By Jim Sanzi / March 14, 2018
Every year, we are privileged and humbled by the fact that so many individuals, families, and nonprofit organizations create a fund with us or join our legacy society with their future gift intention.

Addressing alarming increase in  hunger
By Chris Barnett / December 26, 2017
Sparked by a recent report that hunger is at a 10-year high in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Foundation announced a $100,000 donation to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and challenged Rhode Islanders to pitch in during this time of extraordinary need.

Showing appreciation for our professional advisors
By Jim Sanzi / December 11, 2017
Over the years, we have had the great pleasure of working with countless professional advisors in Rhode Island who play a critical role in advising clients on charitable giving strategies. Many of those professionals serve on the Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council.

Leaving the world a better place
By Jim Sanzi / November 6, 2017
Every year, we celebrate and thank the members of our 1916 Society – for their foresight, generosity, and commitment to civic engagement. This year, we gathered at the Providence Public Library, where our Jim Sanzi held an ‘open conversation’ with RIPR's Elisabeth Harrison and Torey Malatia.

Wealth planning in a year of change
By Jim Sanzi / October 20, 2017
Each year, we partner with Washington Trust to present a wealth management roundtable, a panel discussion by experts in the field who talk about important developments in the area of financial planning.

$28 million gift sets record for philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / February 27, 2017
The estate gift from the Wilcox family is the single largest unrestricted donation in our 100-year history.

Committed to philanthropy
By Jim Sanzi / October 27, 2016
Celebrating our 1916 Society donors for their deep commitment to philanthropy and civic engagement.

Guiding clients to and through retirement
By Jim Sanzi / October 21, 2016
Partnering with Washington Trust, we share estate planning news and advice with professional advisors at Wealth Planning Round Table 2016.

Featured Post

  • Rhode Island Foundation announces six recipients of college scholarships in the name of Roger Williams Posted last month
    The four-year, renewable scholarships are through the Carter Roger Williams Initiative, which was launched two years ago by philanthropists Letitia and late John Carter.
  • Rhode Island Foundation awards $285,000 to Newport County nonprofits Posted last month
    The grants, through our Newport County Fund, will underwrite a host of activities ranging from workforce training and after-school activities to preventing relationship violence and protecting vulnerable seniors.
  • $2.6 million awarded for behavioral health care Posted last month
    Six nonprofit organizations will use $2.6 million in grants to support primary and secondary prevention models and high-quality, affordable behavioral health care services across the state. The funding is the first from the Behavioral Health Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.
  • Vision and commitment Posted last month
    Hundreds of community and business leaders, donors, grant recipients, and other partners gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center on May 16 for our 2019 Annual Meeting. Here are highlights of what our President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg told them.
  • Rose Fund grants stimulate civic and cultural dialogue Posted 2 months ago
    The primary goals are to strengthen libraries and other civic, cultural and literacy-focused organizations and expand their role as community centers that stimulate dialogue around critical issues.
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